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After this, Job began to speak and cursed the day he was born. He said:

May the day I was born perish,

and the night that said,

“A boy is conceived.”m

If only that day had turned to darkness!

May God above not care about it,

or light shine on it.

May darkness and gloomn reclaim it,

and a cloud settle over it.

May what darkens the day terrify it.

If only darkness had taken that night away!

May it not appearB among the days of the year

or be listed in the calendar.C

Yes, may that night be barren;

may no joyful shouto be heard in it.

Let those who curse days

condemnp it,

those who are ready to rouse Leviathan.q

May its morning stars grow dark.

May it wait for daylight but have none;

may it not see the breakingD of dawn.

10 For that night did not shut

the doors of my mother’s womb,

and hide sorrow from my eyes.

11 Why was I not stillborn;

why didn’t I die as I came from the womb?r

12 Why did the knees receive me,

and why were there breasts for me to nurse?s

13 Now I would certainly be lying down in peace;

I would be asleep.t

Then I would be at restu

14 with the kings and counselorsv of the earth,

who rebuilt ruined cities for themselves,

15 or with princes who had gold,

who filled their housesw with silver.

16 Or why was I not hidden like a miscarried child,x

like infants who never see daylight?

17 There the wickedy cease to make trouble,

and there the weary find rest.

18 The captives are completely at rest;z

they do not hear a taskmaster’s voice.aa

19 Both small and great are there,

and the slave is set free from his master.ab

20 Why is light given to one burdened with grief,

and life to those whose existence is bitter,ac

21 who wait for death,ad but it does not come,

and search for it more than for hidden treasure,

22 who are filled with much joy

and are glad when they reach the grave?a

23 Why is life given to a man whose path is hidden,b

whom God has hedged in?

24 I sigh when foodc is put before me,A

and my groans pour out like water.d

25 For the thing I feared has overtaken me,

and what I dreaded has happened to me.e

26 I cannot relax or be calm;

I have no rest,f for turmoil has come.


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The Christian Standard Bible (CSB) is a highly trustworthy, faithful translation that is proven to be the optimal blend of accuracy and readability. It’s as literal to the original as possible without sacrificing clarity. The CSB is poised to become the translation that pastors rely on and Bible readers turn to again and again to read and to share with others.

The CSB is an original translation: more than 100 scholars from 17 denominations translated directly from the best available Hebrew, Greek and Aramaic source texts into English. Its source texts are the standard used by scholars and seminaries today.

The CSB is trustworthy: the conservative, evangelical scholars of the CSB affirm the authority of Scripture as the inerrant Word of God and seek the highest level of faithfulness to the original and accuracy in their translation. These scholars and LifeWay, the non-profit ministry that stewards the CSB, also champion the Bible against cultural trends that would compromise its truths.

The CSB is clear: it is as literal a translation of the ancient source texts as possible, but, in the many places throughout Scripture where a word-for-word rendering might obscure the meaning for a modern audience, it uses a more dynamic translation. In all cases, the intent is to convey the original meaning of God’s Word as faithfully and as clearly as possible.


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